Storytelling has long been recognized as a powerful force in veteran communities, whether as a therapeutic “pathway to healing” for returning combat veterans1 or as a tool for fostering public understanding and empathy across the military/civilian divide. Within this context, veterans have been a community of particular interest in the field of oral history, with veteran focused initiatives ranging from the sweeping Veterans History Project through the U.S. Library of Congress to a proliferation of local efforts driven by schools and community groups in cities across the country.2 Speaking to this potential, in this pedagogical essay, I will discuss my experience designing and teaching a special story-driven course called “Oral History and the Veteran Experience” with a group of student veterans at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Located at the point of intersection between the digital and public humanities, this course sought to engage student veterans in documenting and disseminating their own stories and the stories of celebrated local veterans through oral history interviews, documentary storytelling, and mobile and place-based media.
Anderson, E. (2017). Voicing the Veteran Experience: Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Project-based Pedagogy. Journal of Veterans Studies, 2(1), 85–112. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v2i1.31